Steve – Thanks for sharing that.
I don’t necessarily have an alternative suggestion to the traditional teaching, but I like yours if indeed men and women, boys and girls are actually destroyed at all. My finite, human psyche can sometimes like the idea of horrible punishment, say for the individuals who sexually abused me as a boy, as an example, but for me to go there in my mind has the end result of destroying my personal peace, and I don’t like that. AT. ALL.
I will leave the answer entirely to God, trusting God has a Godly solution to the crime and punishment problem. I know what she’s done for me, even with my often purposeful missteps that have hurt others, sometimes quite badly. Why would I want to take that gift of forgiveness and grace that’s been afforded to me away from others? Well, I don’t, so I leave it to God to figure out. They surely knows far better than I.